Did you know that the packaged taco seasoning you buy may contain milk solids, sugar, maltodextrin, corn starch or potato starch? The labels pictured here are from a name-brand seasoning mix and the store brand of a major grocery chain. The latter has more salt in it than it does chili powder!
Whether you’re trying to avoid salt, sugar, or allergens, the great thing about making your own seasoning mixes is that you can control exactly what goes in it.
Here’s a taco seasoning mix I make and keep on hand. It works great in ground beef tacos and shredded chicken tacos. I also use it mixed in with the sour cream layer in my seven layer dip.
It does contain salt, but if that’s an issue in your house, you can leave it out or sub a lower-sodium alternative.
I’ve included two versions: The first will generously season 1 lb. of hamburger; the second gives you plenty to keep on hand.
Taco seasoning mix, single use
1 T. chili powder
1-1/2 t. ground cumin
1 t. black pepper
1/2 t. kosher salt (if using table salt, use half this amount)
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion powder
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes (or less, to taste)
1/4 t. dried oregano
Taco seasoning mix, big batch
1/4 c. chili powder
2 Tb. ground cumin
4 t. black pepper
2 t. kosher salt (if using table salt, use half this amount)
2 t. paprika
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes (or less, to taste)
1 t. dried oregano